Korean Halloween

Trip Start Feb 24, 2006
Trip End Dec 31, 2007

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Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Having experienced the difference of having my 2004 Halloween in in-land China (i.e. no Halloween) and my past Halloween in Transylvania, I decided I preferred the latter and should get somewhere Halloween is at least partially celebrated. This took Chris and I to Seoul, one of the biggest cities in the world, to the famous (famous if you live in Korea) foreigner area, Itaewon. Being that my school had heaps of drama items, I grabbed a few for Chris and I to see what we could put together. After having a great meal at Outback Steakhouse (first steak thicker than my pinky finger in 8 months!), we headed toward Itaewon HOPING that others would be celebrating...and we weren't disappointed! Not everyone was dressed up, but most of the foreigners we saw were and 10-20% of the Koreans were as well. Chris ended up going as a pirate, repeatedly greeting people with an accented "How arrrrgghh you?". (very funny) I went as a proctologist, Dr. Ben Dover, with a big afro, glasses, and a needle perfect for shooting my alcoholic beverage across the room at unsuspecting victims!

The evening was fun - Chris was stalked by a 40 year old prostitute all night, who I kept prodding on by telling her how he was single and liked motel rooms...we met several interesting foreigners, one visiting from Austin...we met two REALLY drunk Korean guys who kept getting up from the table for some improv, seemingly performance art-type dancing followed by failed somersaults that repeatedly shocked all who were around...and we had a late night singing session in a karoake room at the bottom of hooker hill, which just happened to be located above (Chris tells me) one of Seoul's best transvestite houses!

Overall, it was a lot of fun and just good to be celebrating a holiday I like with other people.
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